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Apr 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
indications the syrian regime may have used chemical weapons against its own people. last summer the obama administration suggested such a step would be a trigger for intervention. now the white house wants stronger evidence, even as the call grows louder in washington to act now. nbc's peter alexander has more from the white house. >> reporter: inside syria's civil war, another round of violent clashes today. at least seven rebels reported dead. just days after the u.s. said evidence suggests bashar al assad's regime has used chemical weapons, president obama is facing growing pressure to act with republican lawmakers pushing several options. >> if you could neutralize the air advantage the syrian government has over the rebels, i think you could turn the tide of battle pretty quickly. >> a safe zone. arming the rebels. making sure we help with the refugees. i do want to give them the assistance which would give them a dramatic shift in the balance of power in syria. >> reporter: president obama has warned syria that using chemical weapons would be a game changer. >> a red line for us is
NBC
Apr 26, 2013 5:30pm PDT
isikoff, nbc news, boston. >>> president obama today called the alleged use of chemical weapons by syria a potential game-changer. our political director, chief white house correspondent chuck todd is with us for more on this. chuck, what to do about it now in a nation not looking for yet another foreign conflict? >> reporter: absolutely. look, the first time personally the president acknowledged that, yes, they have -- we have evidence, the united states government -- evidence of chemical weapons being used in syria. but in a meeting and the oval office with the king of jordan he made that acknowledgment with a lot of caveats. take a listen. >> knowing that potentially chemical weapons have been used inside of syria doesn't tell us when they were used, how they were used, obtaining confirmation and strong evidence. all of those things we have to make sure we work on with the international community and we, ourselves, are going to focus on this. >> reporter: here's what sources are making clear to me. their intelligence, they believe, is spot on. they believe they know chemical weapons w
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